Swedish power metallers HammerFall, who released the new album (r)Evolution this year, are facing line-up changes. The band made a major announcement today. Drummer Anders Johansson is leaving the band after 15 years. The band cites musical differences. David Wallin of Pain fame will replace him. Stefan Elmgren is also returning to the band temporarily to replace bassist Fredrik Larsson while he is away on parental leave.
It's a sad day for Gwydion fans. The Portuguese folk metallers have decided to "take an indefinite leave of absence." Their last album Veteran, which was nominated for Best Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal Album on Metal Storm Awards 2013, could well be their swansong. The band started back in 1995 and released three albums in total. They could disband in the future but for now, it's just a break.
Russian symphonic metallers Blackthorn are recording a new album to follow Codex Archaos. Recently, the band shared an HD studio report featuring the guitar and bass recordings. This means you can have a taste of the new material. Watch it here.
Megadeth have revealed their new album Th1rt3en tracklist and artwork, which was once again created by artist John Lorenzi, who worked on the last two Megadeth studio albums, 2007's United Abominations and 2009's Endgame, as well as the band's 2007 box set, Warchest. You can pre-order the album now at this location, and get a limited-edition version that comes on double picture disc vinyl. The new single, "Public Enemy No. 1" is now available for streaming over here.
According to a posting on the Facebook page of Tim Butcher - Lemmy's longtime bass technician - former Motörhead guitarist Michael "Würzel" Burston died yesterday (Saturday, July 9). The cause of death was not revealed. Würzel was 61 years old.
Before joining Motörhead in 1984, Burston had been a corporal in the Army, serving in Germany and Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and had played in the bands Bastard and Warfare. Joining another relatively unknown guitarist, Phil Campbell, they played together at a Motörhead audition, and both were taken on.
Burston acquired the nickname Würzel while in the Army, being compared to the character Worzel Gummidge due to his scarecrow-style hair and bumpkin-like manner. Lemmy reportedly demanded that Würzel add an umlaut to the "U" in his name, for "heavy metal effect."
Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has announced the addition of vocalist Linnéa Vikström - the hot blond daughter of vocalist Thomas Vikström. She'll be replacing tour vocalist Katarina Lilja, who left the band back in March in order "to sit at home with the boyfriend and just have a regular job."
Johnsson wrote the following: "We are hereby proud to announce the person who will be filling the infernal shoes of Kat (the Evil One) for the upcoming Therion tour activities. It will be no less than Linnéa Vikström, the daughter of Thomas. She sang on Sitra Ahra and enchanted many listeners with her charming and diverse presence. From being the cute little spawn of Thomas, she has now been growing to a woman and she is ready to help us carry the flag of Therion around the world.
Megadeth is confirmed to headline the Maquinaria Festival, taking place at Club Hipico in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, November 12th. The rest of the line-up for the festival is yet to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 15th. The Maquinaria Festival is said to be an event which gathers different musical styles and brings the grandeur of European festivals of music, mixing different forms of art and consciousness.
Earlier this week, Megadeth only managed to play a six-song set in St. Petersburg, Russia. Apparently frontman Dave Mustaine collapsed (that was a lie, he didn't collapse, he only passed out for a while, our apologies for any confusion, ed.) before the European Carnage Tour show with Slayer (that other band full of old men), and was found to be suffering the effects of a kidney stone. Medical experts wanted to send him to the hospital immediately, but Mustaine insisted on playing at least a short show.
Mustaine issued the following long-winded message explaining the events: "Last night I was getting ready for the concert, and two hours before the show, I started to feel like I had a hernia, or more like I had been hit in the groin.
"Pearl Of Wisdom", a brand-new track from US power/thrash metal band Vicious Rumors, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
Another new track, called "Razorback Blade", is still streaming at Decibel Magazine.
"Pearl Of Wisdom" comes off the band's upcoming new album Razorback Killers, which will be released on March 25th in Germany, on March 28th in Europe and on April 5th in North America through SPV/Steamhammer. More album details were previously reported over here.
In other news, Vicious Rumors has announced the following string of European tour dates:
April 29 - D-Lauda/Königshofen, Germany - Keep It True Festival
May 01 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City
Following the cancellation of Saturday, March 12th show, Iron Maiden's show scheduled at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, March 13th is now cancelled as well, due to obvious safety concerns towards the audience, the artist, and the venue, caused by the earthquake of Friday, March 11th. All tickets will be refunded.
The band were flying into Tokyo from Seoul, South Korea following their show there. On approaching Narita Airport Tokyo, Ed Force One was advised to reroute to Nagoya as the earthquake/tsunami had just become apparent. The band stayed the night in Nagoya and following the announcement of the cancellation are preparing to fly out.
Steve Harris has the following message on behalf of the band to the fans in Japan and all who have been affected by this terrible disaster: "We are extremely saddened by the calamitous events of the last day or so which led to the cancellation or our two shows in Tokyo.
AC/DC are set to release Live At River Plate, a new Black Ice World Tour live CD/DVD on May 10th.
Live At River Plate will be the band's 6th live release which was filmed at the Buenos Aires gigs on December 2nd, 4th and 6th, 2009 in front of 65,000 people each night at the River Plate Stadium in Argentina.
The film was directed by David Mallet, who has been filming AC/DC for over 25 years, starting with Who Made Who which was also used in a feature film in 1986.
Brian Johnson, the band's lead singer, gave an interview in February confirming the latest release. However Johnson wouldn't be drawn on whether we can expect to see any live action from the band in a hurry. "After that we haven't made any plans," he said. "We just want to have a rest, because we were on the road for two years. We played in front of five million people, and we deserve a rest."
Mike Coolen is the new drummer of Within Temptation.
Comments the band: "He has played with us in the past on a few occasions before. The chemistry has always been very good both on stage as on personal level so he was the first on our mind. So, Mike great to have you on board!"
In other news, Within Temptation performed a short acoustic set last Friday, February 18th, on the Dutch radio station Radio 538. Video footage of this set can be watched in three parts below.
In the midst of recording a new album, Nightwish has been preparing a movie.
"Imaginarium" is a music fantasy - film based on the forthcoming Nightwish album of the same title and its 13 songs.
The protagonist of the film is a songwriter with an otherworldly imagination. He is an old man who still thinks he's a young boy. While asleep he travels into his distant past where his dreams of old come back to him mixed to the young boy's world of fantasy and music.
In his dreams the old man fights to find the memories most important to him.
This never-done-before project originates to more than two years in the past when Tuomas first introduced his ambitious idea of the "Imaginarium" - concept to the fellow band members and to Mr. Stobe Harju, the director behind "The Islander" - music video. He will be the director of this full-length feature. The film will be produced by Solar Films Inc. together with Nightwish.
"Faster", the new video from Within Temptation can now be watched over at Kerrang!
The new single Faster will be released digitally on March 13. The song is taken from Within Temptation's new album, The Unforgiving, which will hit stores on March 28.
In other news, the band will debut a short film on the band's official site this afternoon, 5pm CET. The first movie, titled Mother Maiden, ties in with "Faster," introducing the main characters of the narrative.
These movies give further insight into the concept of The Unforgiving and are based on the comic storyline; the characters are impersonated by actors. Each film is followed by a band performance that, all together, form a dark and compelling tale of life, love, revenge, rage, and regret.